Here’s my top 5 reasons I’m ready for some Orioles baseball.
5. Under the Radar
I think a lot of the additions that we’ve made have been under the radar moves. People are going to be pissing their pants about Reynolds strike-out potential and what not but they are dumb. Quietly, we’ve put together a nice little team. We aren’t winning the World Series but there is more room for optimism this year than there should have been in past years. You want to get excited like me? It’s allowed. Plus we didn’t sign any markee names that will cause bandwaggoners and deserters to start suddenly flooding the park so we can continue to sit anywhere we want.
Buck Showalter is going nowhere. Finally, we can say that about a manager. And, as we all saw at the end of last season, the dude gets shit done.
3. New Life
The entire coaching staff has been remade the way Buck wanted it. I don’t think it’s going to be a huge deal but, psychologically, I’m comforted by the fact that Terry Crowley is no longer the hitting coach. At least now, we can determine if he, indeed, is as shitty or great as he was said to be. I think if guys like Pie, Jones, and Wieters progress or not, may have something to do with that variable. Probably not as much as most people will make it out to be but maybe a little. I can see either of these headlines:
Jones still swings at low and away breaking balls. Crowley wasn’t shitty!
Jones is wanted for murdering baseballs across the league. Crowley was holding him back. Glad he’s gone!
Neither of which will be accurate but still, I feel better knowing there are some fresh perspectives.
2. Year of the Breakout (Hopefully)
We’ve seen flashes of brilliance from all our young guns. Each member of the calvary put together at least one game last year that was dominant. Can they make it stick? Will Jones and Wieters finally bust out of their shells and start mashing? At the very least, can they get consistently better? I don’t know the answer. A lot of people think Jones will never get it, while most people think Wieters will bust out. I’ll be excited to watch these guys day in and day out.
1. It’s Orioles Baseball
What’s not to like?